Recently, I finished Catching Fire, written by Suzanne Collins, 391 page novel packed with action, suspense, and conflict all throughout the book. This is the second book of a three book series, The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. The main characters in this novel are Katniss, Peeta, This novel explains the hardships, difficult decisions and death of family and friends. Catching Fire is a outstanding and a great book to read.
After winning the 74th Hunger Games, there lives were changed forever being able to see their family and friends again and never have to be in the Hunger Games again.. Unless, you are rebellious and disrespectful to the Capitol and the leaders like Katniss. President Snow never liked Katniss because she threatened his authority and created riots in the district causing distress throughout the district. She was rebelling against the Capitol. Besides the fact, that Katniss helped the runaways from District 8 escape to District 13. Giving Bonnie and Twill supplies they needed to survive on the long journey to District 13, including food, weapons, water, maps, and shelter. Soon later, President Snow felt threatened and said that all victors from previous Hunger Games come back and fight for their lives. Which comes back to the plot of Katniss and Peeta returning to the Hunger Games. Katniss is determined to keep Peeta alive, even if it means losing her life.
I was surprised when, Katniss and Peeta were forced back into the arena and fight once again for their lives. Why was Katniss threatening Snow and the Capitol? Was she trying to prove a point? All she did was got Katniss and Peeta back into the Hunger Games. I was confused when Peeta and Katniss were living a whole new better life without worrying about being in any HUnger Games again, but not this time. “The bird, the pin, the song, the berries, the watch, the cracker, the dress that burst into flames. I am the mockingjay. The one that survived despite the Capitol’s plans. The symbol of the rebellion.” This means that Katniss is meant to win and have another victory but she doesn’t want to win she wants to keep Peeta alive no matter what it takes. I was frustrated when the author put Peeta and Katniss back into the Hunger Games. Why couldn’t Katniss sister, Prim.
“Explosions occur all around as a hovercraft appears and scoops Katniss up. Inside is Plutarch Heavensbee. Katniss blacks out and wakes later partially tied to a padded table, but her limbs are barely functional. She loses consciousness twice and more but eventually wakes to find herself unrestrained. Beetee is there, hooked up to machines. She doesn’t know what’s happening and grabs a syringe, thinking it best to kill Peeta quickly rather than allow the Capitol to torture him. She sneaks down a hallway and listens at a doorway to people inside talking about communications being down in various districts. The voices belong to Plutarch, Finnick, and Haymitch. Haymitch takes the syringe from her and explains everything. All along there was a plan to break the tributes out of the arena. Plutarch has for several years been part of an underground movement to overthrow the Capitol. Some of the tributes knew about the plan, like Beetee, whose job it was to destroy the force field. They’re on their way to District 13 now, and most of the districts are in full-scale rebellion. They didn’t tell Katniss or Peeta because once the force field went down the Capitol would go after them first, and they couldn’t risk the Capitol finding anything out.”
I like this passage from the novel because it has lots of detail that I can clearly visualize the explosions going off in the arena and blowing up the arena setting everybody free. It also includes how the people escaped and got out of the arena to safety from the Game Makers and the Capitol and how the arena is destroyed and possibly the event The Hunger Games will be lost and never happen again.
I rate this book a 8 out of 10 because there is tons of action, suspense, and mystery all tied into this story which makes the story really good. I recommend this book to people who like action, suspense, and mystery.